Shanghai radio tunes into English lingo

Dispatch

SHANGHAI– The Chinese authorities have lifted the ban on foreign radio presenters.

Scottish host Frank Hossack’s show on Shanghai Radio’s news channel is the first dedicated news slot run by a foreigner under reforms by local conglom Shanghai Media Entertainment Group.

The content remains fixed by state news agency Xinhua, but Hossack’s team controls the wording in English, a degree of freedom unimaginable a year ago.

In related news, 60-year-old Shanghai Radio has merged with Dongfang Radio — the station set up in 1992 to break Shanghai Radio’s monopoly. The stations were run by the same management and had a similar list of programs that included pop, chat, lifestyle features and political news.

Dongfang now runs both channels with programming separated into a pop music frequency and a classical music frequency. The Shanghai Radio moniker applies to a third, news-only channel. With a potential audience of 50 million in the Yangtze Delta area, Dongfang is the largest local radio station in China.

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